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Truggers in Handcross welcomes its first family
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Truggers in Handcross welcomes its first family

Following the ending of the Second World War there was a housing shortage and local authorities were urged to build more houses to satisfy the demand. Now, where have I heard that before?
One such estate of 35 residences, comprising 31 houses and 4 flats, was built in Handcross and named Truggers after a trug maker who lived in the Horsham Road many years earlier.
Among great ceremony, many dignitaries from the local councils, the contractors, and the utility companies gathered in the new estate as the first occupants were welcomed to their new house. The lucky family were Sid and Betty Sargent with their two children, Penny (4) and Andy (2) who are seen above arriving at number 23, followed by dozens of others hoping for a cup of tea. Get the kettle on, Betty!
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I believe that my grandparents, William (Bill) and Daisy Boniface, were the first occupants of 27, Truggers after they lost their tied accommodation at Warleys (Ashfold Crossways) following the death of the owner, Miss Audrey Rayson.
Bill died in April 1948 and Daisy moved in with my parents, Ted and Ivy. They were allocated 2, Covert Mead and we eventually moved to 33, Truggers when the Tate family emigrated to Australia.
Incidentally, Grandma Daisy was born in the Wheatsheaf pub at Ashfold Crossways in 1898. Her father, William Baines, was listed as a Beer Seller in the 1901 census, but by 1911 had moved to the opposite side of the road and was then a builder.
Added by Pete Boniface on 02 April 2016
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